Depression

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It’s normal to experience problems and unhappiness at times. Different experiences can trigger temporary feelings of worthlessness, disappointment, sadness and self-blame; these feelings are normal and they usually pass after a short time. Depression becomes an illness when these feelings last for several weeks, are severe and interfere with functioning in your day-to-day life. Depression has been reported by the World Health Organization as one of the leading contributors to the global burden of disease and will soon be the leading cause of disability.

 

 

Signs & Symptoms:

Diagnosis for depression requires a number of symptoms to be present. These symptoms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Unusually sad mood most of the day and nearly every day. This sad mood is often observed by others.
  • Loss of interest in daily activities.
  • Loss of energy
  • Anger/irritability
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Change in eating and appetite
  • Increased sleep or loss of sleep
  • Reoccurring thoughts of death – suicidal thoughts
  • Withdrawing from daily activities and social connections

Other factors can contribute to the prevalence of depression. People who suffer from depression may be predisposed because of some of the following factors:

  • Family history
  • Previous periods of depression
  • Stress
  • Other medical/mental health conditions
  • Lack of sunlight during the winter months
  • Substance dependence/abuse
 

Treatment

Treatment options can include medication and counselling. These treatments can be combined with small lifestyle changes like exercising regularly and healthy eating. Early intervention is critical as 70% of people who have one major depressive episode, will suffer from another episode. Seeking help for depression can help prevent another episode and can give you the proper support you need to manage your depression.

 

Depression can change your old positive behaviours into new negative behaviours, however, it’s important to know there’s help available. It’s important to seek help as soon as you feel these symptoms progressing as depression can often recur.

Resources

 

Websites

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    Student Health Services

    Located in Harrison Hall
    (next to Campus Security)
    Physicians and Mental Health Nurse
    905-688-5550 x3243

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    Personal Counselling

    Located in the Schmon Tower – ST400
    Counsellors
    905-688-5550 x3240

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    Campus Security

    Located in the Kenmore Centre (across from the Walker Complex)
    905-688-5550 x3200 (crisis)
    905-688-5550 x4300 (non-crisis)

Crisis Services
at Brock

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    Brock Campus Security

    905-688-5550 x3200

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    In Case Of Emergency

    Call 911

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    Niagara Distress Centre

    905-688-3711 (support line)

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    Niagara Health System, St. Catharines Hospital

    1200 Fourth Ave.
    St. Catharines, ON  L2S 0A9
    905-378-4647

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    Personal Counselling

    905-327-2244 (emergency after hours)

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    24 Hours Post-Secondary Student Hotline (Good 2 Talk)

    1-866-925-5454

After Hours Crisis Resources